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MSPH with a Concentration in Behavioral Health

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The MSPH in Behavioral Health prepares students for careers oriented toward research, evaluation, translational research, implementation sciences and investigating co-occurring mental and physical disorders as well as research in co-occurring mental and substance-use disorders. Graduates are prepared for employment in academic(including research and/or teaching) and other research settings addressing alcohol, drug abuse and mental disorders. Each area of specialization and the corresponding program of study are developed on an individual basis, guided by the student's interests and areas of expertise. A supervisory committee of three faculty members assists the student in planning appropriate coursework and directing the thesis. This program of study may be especially relevant to students whose future plans include a doctoral degree.


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  • Why choose USF COPH? 

    The Behavioral Health Concentration (defined as the study of alcohol, drug abuse, and mental disorders from a population or public health perspective) at the University of South Florida is a unique opportunity within an accredited College/School of Public Health in the United States that offers a Behavioral Health Concentration/Behavioral Health Focus in the following degree programs: MPH; MSW/MPH; MA(Anthropology)/MPH; PhD(Anthropology)/MPH; MSPH; PhD; and DrPH. It is only 1 of 6 programs nationally offering a specialization in behavioral health within a college/school of public health.

  • Career Opportunities

    Graduates from the MSPH Behavioral Health Concentration will be prepared to:

    • pursue doctoral studies in public health and behavioral health, apply public health and behavioral health skills and principles in academic research initiatives within universities and other research organizations;
    • participate in research studies identifying risk factors for mental and substance disorders
    • participating in the design and analysis of clinical trials
    • working in a government agency, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Alcohol abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse;
    • working in non-profit organizations, both nationally and internationally
    • working as a member of a research team in medical or other health organizations
    • working as a member of local or state mental health or drug abuse departments and
    • academic positions at community colleges, as well as many more opportunities.
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  • Contact Information

    To learn more about the MSPH in Behavioral Health, please contact an Academic Advisor at (813) 974-6505 or preadmissions@usf.edu